car·​nage | \ ˈkär-nij How to pronounce carnage (audio) \

Definition of carnage

1 : the flesh of slain animals or humans a multitude of dogs came to feast on the carnage— T. B. Macaulay
2 : great and usually bloody slaughter or injury (as in battle) the carnage of war

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Examples of carnage in a Sentence

Reporters described the highway accident as a scene of carnage. the appalling carnage in that war-torn country requires that the outside world intervene

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Patrick Crusius, the suspected shooter, is charged with capital murder and being held without bond while investigators continue to process the carnage at the crime scene. Washington Post, "3 victims of El Paso shooting remain in critical condition," 14 Aug. 2019 Video, 911 calls and witness accounts that were previously released have provided sometimes graphic and heartbreaking details of people screaming for help, falling in rapid gunfire and helping each other escape the carnage at an outdoor concert. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Police release more video from officers at Vegas shooting," 13 June 2018 In the wake of the carnage at that Parkland, Florida, school, a number of students launched a nationwide advocacy campaign to tackle the gun control issue and to register young voters to take the fight directly to pro-NRA politicians. NBC News, "Parkland survivors react to latest mass shooting at Texas school," 18 May 2018 After decades of carnage in Afghanistan, little things can set off alarm bells. Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "Wedding attack shows a U.S.-Taliban deal wouldn’t end killing in Afghanistan," 18 Aug. 2019 President Trump claims trade wars are easy to win, but that boast looks worse than ever amid the financial carnage from his latest threat of tariffs on Chinese goods. NBC News, "Trump's teleprompter temperament isn't the message — what comes next is," 6 Aug. 2019 Obama's statement came hours after Trump delivered an address from the White House about the weekend of carnage in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead and scores wounded., "Obama calls on country to reject words from leaders that feed fear and hatred," 5 Aug. 2019 SL Green’s move blocked another New York real-estate heavyweight, Related Cos., which had acquired the $250 million debt on the property and was moving to foreclose amid the carnage in the New York commercial-property market. Peter Grant, WSJ, "SL Green to Sell Stake in Midtown Tower to Moinian Group," 19 Aug. 2018 Luckily, interspersed among the carnage are some nice scenes with Linton and Trent, who are on the verge of moving in together despite his inability to communicate and her intimidating stock portfolio. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter’s new novel," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of carnage

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carnage

French, from Medieval Latin carnaticum tribute consisting of animals or meat, from Latin carn-, caro — see carnal

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English Language Learners Definition of carnage

: the killing of many people


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